Torquay United have appointed Kevin Nicholson as their new player-manager.

The 34-year-old spent seven years as a left-back at Plainmoor, making 312 appearances and scoring 13 goals between 2007 and 2014.

He replaces Paul Cox, who

resigned from the role earlier this month

because of the financial pressures at Torquay.

The club’s former millionaire owner Thea Bristow left Plainmoor in the summer, with

a new consortium taking over

and being forced to cut costs.

Nicholson has been playing for National League South side Bath City this season, having spent 2014-15 with Kidderminster Harriers.

“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Kevin back to the club, he’s been a legend here,” chairman David Phillips told BBC Sport.

“He seems to be cut out to be a good manager,” added Phillips.

Nicholson helped Torquay to

win promotion from the Conference Premier in 2009

and was part of the side which made the

2011 League Two play-off final.

Kevin Nicholson

He was also part of the Torquay squad which made the

2012 League Two play-off semi-finals

and was named in the

PFA’s League Two team of the season

that year.

Nicholson has yet to appoint an assistant manager at this stage and Cox’s number two John Ramshaw, who was in charge of the Gulls on Saturday as they lost 2-0 to Lincoln, is still offering his services to the club.

The new Gulls boss must turn around a side who have not won since 15 August – a run of 10 games without a win – which has seen them slump into the National League’s relegation zone.

“I’m very hopeful that Kevin is the right man to turn the club around,” Phillips added.

“All his interviews went well and experience of the game is impressive.

“He’s been a professional footballer for over 20 years, he has a load of contacts and he’s looked at the squad and from what he sees he’s positive that the team can push on and get back to winning ways.”